music is your friend

music is your friend

Music is your friend at the gym…if I forget my iPod shuffle on a visit to the gym I’m crushed and I actually get a little anxious. I end up surviving the trip to the gym without it. Sometimes I’ll use my iPhone if I have spare headphones with me, but that’s not usually the case.

Why music…well even when I’m doing cardio I need to get into a zone which requires elimination of all distractions and believe me, if you do not frequent the gym, there are many distractions.

Distractions…let me go on a little tangent. Please indulge me here. First and foremost the gym is one of the best people watching places you can find. It’s got it all. The way people dress, act, workout and not workout, talk, the guys checking out girls discretely and not discretely (okay girls do it too, but usually discretely), the girls that are obviously at the gym for attention…you know skimpy bra top sporting a belly button ring and rhinestones on the behind of their sweats, the groups of people who are just socializing, some of the ridiculous things people do in the name of exercise…need I go on?

To make sure I actually get a good workout in it’s essential I block out any and all distractions and one weapon for doing so is music. Another trick, and I’ve done this many times, is close my eyes. Now it’s not always a good idea to close your eyes. For example, I do not recommend closing your eyes when you are on the treadmill. But on the stairmaster or in spin class, not so bad. If closing my eyes will only lead to injury I find something to focus on (not a person), maybe a TV. The trick is to look towards the TV but not really watch TV.

When I’m in the zone I do not really seeing anything although my eyes are wide open (difficult to explain). It’s like those pictures of nothing, just a bunch of colors and when you look at them cross-eyed you see an image. Getting into the zone is not easy…the music helps a lot.

I have two play lists for the gym (“running” and “stairmaster”). I mentioned that I have an iPod shuffle, so I use iTunes. There are a handful of songs that are on both of my play lists but most of the songs are not dupes. The running songs have a beat that I can run too and I would say that most of them match 6.0 mph or higher. The stairmaster songs have a more distinct beat so when I’m feeling weary the beat of the songs keep me going.

I’ve provide a list of the songs on both of my play lists below just in case you want to consider adding some of these songs to your music collection. I am looking forward to the big weigh in tomorrow morning to see how I netted out the last two weeks with the Cancun vacation. I think it will be okay, but we will see. Until tomorrow…Kathi


  • Boots of Chinese Plastic – Pretenders
  • Pump It – Black Eyed Peas
  • Rock Your Body – Stagga Lee
  • California – Lenny Kravitz
  • You Can Do It – One Way
  • Shawty Get Loose – Lil Mama
  • Music Was Saved – Starsailor
  • Suavemente – Elvis Crespo
  • Rich Girl – Gwen Stefani & Eve
  • Sugar (feat. Wynter) – Flo Rida
  • God People – Salvador
  • Girls – The Beastie Boys
  • I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
  • La Paleta – Oro Solido
  • Talk About It – Nicole C. Mullen
  • Shackles (Praise You) – Mary Mary
  • Pacific Palisades – Ash
  • Jackson – Joaquin Phoenix & Reese Witherspoon
  • Fire Burning – Sean Kingston
  • Hypnotise – The White Stripes
  • Where Are We Runnin’? – Lenny Kravitz
  • 90 Millas – Gloria Estefan
  • Gonna Make You Sweat – C & C Music Factory
  • Can You Feel the Beat – Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam & Full Force
  • Flash – Lenny Kravitz
  • Basketcase – Greenday
  • Crash – The Primitives
  • We Be Burning – Sean Paul
  • Un Uomo Come Me – Lucio Dalla
  • Blitzkreig Bop – Ramones
  • With All My Heart – ZOEgirl
  • Love Lockdown – Kanye West
  • Live Your Life (feat. Rihanna) – T. I.
  • Say Hey (I Love You) [feat. Cherine Anderson] – Michael Franti & Spearhead
  • Starstrukk – 3OH!3
  • Blame It On the Girls – Mika
  • Jumpin’ Jumpin’ – Destiny’s Child
  • Why Can’t We Be Friends – Smash Mouth
  • Hips Don’t Lie – Shakira Feat. Wyclef Jean
  • Heard ‘Em All – Amerie
  • Ring-a-Ling – Black Eyed Peas
  • Poker Face – Lady GaGa
  • Dollhouse – Priscilla Renea


  • Lose My Breathe – Destiny’s Child
  • Forever – Chris Brow
  • Seven Nation Army – White Stripes
  • Crazy In Love – Beyoncé Feat. Jay-Z
  • Party Time – Missy Elliott
  • The Way You Move – Outkast
  • Boom Boom Pow – Black Eyed Peas
  • I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) [More English Extended Mix] – Pitbull
  • Disturbia – Rihanna
  • Fire Burning – Sean Kingston
  • Get Up Off That Thing – James Brown
  • Traga – Traga
  • Hollaback Girl – Gwen Stefani
  • Dont Stop The Rock – Freestyle
  • Butterfly – Crazy Town
  • Whats Your Fantasy – Ludacris & Trina
  • e.i. – nelly
  • Ride Wit Me – Nelly
  • Hot In Herre – Nelly
  • Gimme The Light – Sean Pau
  • Rock Your Body – Stagga Lee
  • Rump Shaker – Wrexx N Effect
  • Since U Been Gone (nevins rock mix) – Kelly Clarkson
  • Apache – Sugar Hill Gang
  • Short Skirt/Long Jacket – Cake
  • Taxikore’ol-Mandolin – Taxikréol
  • So Fine – Sean Paul
  • With You – Chris Brown
  • Say Hey (I Love You) [feat. Cherine Anderson] – Michael Franti & Spearhead
  • Outta Control (feat. Pitbull) – Baby Bash
  • Hey, Soul Sister – Train
  • TiK ToK – Ke$ha
  • Ain’t No Other Man – Christina Aguilera
  • Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour) – Jay-Z, Bono, The Edge & Rihanna

4 thoughts on “music is your friend

    1. kkulesza

      U r right! I figured out that the one song that worked was track 6…Cut Your Losses. I promise to pick a song for my playlist when you give me a new CD. And hey I added you to my blog roll. 😉

  1. Teresa

    Hey KK, Elliott and I like a compilation I think he found from itunes, Serena Williams’ Interval Run. I often just play the music although there is also an option where she uses segments to set up an interval workout with her voice prompts as the title implies. Perhaps a Kathi’s Interval StairMaster mix is in order?,,,